Victim, suspect arrested after Coralville stabbing

By Lee Hermiston, The Gazette

CORALVILLE — Both the victim and the assailant were arrested after a stabbing early Wednesday morning.

According to Coralville police criminal complaints, officers were called to 922 20th Avenue Pl. at 3:45 a.m. for a report of a stabbing that had just occurred. Responding officers discovered the victim, 37-year-old Ramon Duron, outside the apartment, suffering from a deep stab wound to his right hand.

Police said Duron identified 25-year-old Maxwell A. Dietz as his assailant and told officers Dietz was still inside the apartment. Dietz was stopped by officers as he was attempting to leave the area in a vehicle.

Dietz admitted to getting into a fight with Duron after Duron began threatening Dietz and Dietz's girlfriend, police said. Dietz told police he got a knife from the kitchen and cut Duron during their fight. A witness saw Dietz swing the knife and stab Duron, police said. Duron suffered a laceration to the “muscle belly” of his finger, according to criminal complaints.

Dietz was arrested and faces one count of assault while displaying a dangerous weapon, an aggravated misdemeanor.

That should have been the end of it, but Duron had other ideas, according to criminal complaints. Police said when officers approached him to provide him medical care, he became combative and threatening and refused to follow commands. Police had to restrain Duron, who was threatening and kicking at officers and paramedics. While tending to Duron, police found a glass pipe containing marijuana on him.

Police transported Duron to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics because he was too combative to be taken by ambulance. Duron allegedly told a police officer in the emergency room that once he got out of the hospital he was going to decapitate the officer and put his head on a stake. He also threatened to kill another officer.

Duron was arrested and faces two counts of first-degree harassment, as well as charges of possession of a controlled substance — second offense, disorderly conduct, public intoxication and interference with official acts.

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